Abby Simons

Reporter | Politics and government
Phone: 651-925-5043
Abby joined the Star Tribune in 2008. Before moving to politics, she covered Minneapolis police, suburban police and Hennepin County District Court.

Recent content from Abby Simons

Dayton-Bakk fractures throw DFL agenda into doubt

DFLers hope that the governor’s anger cools and that the two will talk.

Updated: February 14, 2015, - 09:57 PM

Minnesota lawmakers want to crack down on insurance scammers

Loopholes in state law make Minnesota more vulnerable.

Updated: February 13, 2015, - 12:52 AM

Burnsville police chief praises body cameras as crime-fighting tool

A Minnesota law enforcement officer most acquainted with a new technology getting close scrutiny by the Legislature said it has...

Updated: February 10, 2015, - 08:42 PM

Lawmakers split over putting data privacy in the Minnesota Constitution

They’re divided over whether such an amendment is necessary or redundant.

Updated: February 03, 2015, - 10:19 PM

Legislation aims to make police body cam footage mostly private

The proposal by a trio of cops-turned-legislators is pitched as an effort to protect citizens’ privacy. But advocates of open government vow to fight that.

Updated: January 29, 2015, - 11:18 PM

Push for Sunday auto sales gets chilly reception from dealers

Auto retailers locking their doors on Sundays is one thing that hasn’t changed in Minnesota for decades, thanks to a 58-year-old “blue law.” But a Minnesota legislator is reviving a dormant attempt at doing away with a law she calls ridiculous, and the industry isn’t happy.

Updated: January 29, 2015, - 09:42 AM

Legislators debate shelf life of license-plate reader data

Concern among Minnesota lawmakers was nearly universal over license plate readers, a new crime-fighting technology in 2012 that had the...

Updated: January 24, 2015, - 10:06 PM

Push for Sunday liquor sales renewed with confidence, support

Despite years of failed attempts, public demand is overwhelming, advocates say.

Updated: January 22, 2015, - 10:32 PM

Dayton proposes $30 million to boost U medical school

Gov. Dayton says money will attract top-tier faculty, address an expected shortage of doctors.

Updated: January 21, 2015, - 11:05 PM

Lawmakers launch first initiatives to reform child-protection laws

Lawmakers unveiled an 11-point plan in response to reports detailing the need to bolster protection.

Updated: January 21, 2015, - 11:03 PM

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